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Tauern loop tour

Cultural delights amid scenic diversity

7 Days / 6 Nights
Break of two cyclists sitting by a fountain

A fascinating world of mountains and gigantic waterfalls awaits you on this popular cycling tour through Austria. You cycle from one highlight to the next, accompanied by the fantastic mountain scenery. Winter sports enthusiasts can look forward to the ski jump in Bischofshofen, whilst history fans can plan a visit to the magnificent Hohenwerfen castle above the Salzach river. Discover the diversity of nature whilst visiting the salt mines of Hallein and the Eisriesenwelt in Werfen (where you can enter the largest ice cave in the world). Feel the power of nature at the 380m Krimml waterfall. From there you also have the opportunity to take the Postbox partway up the Großglockner mountain (3,797m), the highest mountain in Austria. Whether in the Hohe Tauern National Park or Oberpinzgau, enjoy the wonderful landscape!

From Salzburg, the cycling route follows the river Salzach via Hallein to Golling. If you like, you can take an additional tour to the Bluntau valley. The next day, cycle through Werfen and Bischofshogen to St Johann im Pongau. Then, cycle to Bruck on the Glocknerstraße, where from July you can take the Postbus up Austria’s highest mountain. For an extra adventure, you could walk around Lake Zell before reading Kaprun. After a trip with the Pinzgaubahn to Krimml, travel to Lofer and back to Salzburg.

  • Salzburg: The city of festivals and Mozart is a highlight for anyone interested in classical music and historical sights. Visit the birthplace of this world famous composer!
  • Hallein: Here, visit the salt mines that have lain silent since 1989.
  • Bischofshofen: Well known to sports fans, this place hosts the final of the Four Hills Tournament each year on the famous ski jump.
  • Krimml waterfalls: The fifth largest waterfalls in Europe are a fabulous natural spectacle. From a height of 380m, they plunge down into the depths and have a refreshing effect on those gazing on.

This cycling holiday is moderately difficult, taking you along the well-signed and well-built Tauern cycle path. It is predominantly on quiet paths and country roads. Only a few stretches are busy. Since there are occasionally slight inclines, a good basic level of fitness is recommended.

  • Get all information and many more tour tips for our cycle tours on the Tauern cycle path.

Itinerary at a glance

Cultural and culinary delights await you in Salzburg, the city of Mozart. In Hallein, you will gain an understanding of the history of salt extraction from a salt mine and in Bischofshofen you can visit the famous ski jump

Individual arrival to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, which is also a festival and cultural city. Squares and winding alleys invite you to take a stroll. Dreamy cafes are inviting to enjoy genuine Austrian coffee specialities. You will breathe culture and history with every step here. 

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Goldenes Theater
Cat. B.: Ganslhof

Leaving Salzburg, you head South. You cycle through shady meadows along the Salzach to Hallein, a Celtic town that used to be rich from salt mining. Hallein will surprise you with its romantic old town. It has got small alleyways, archways and houses boasting magnificent facades. Via the gushing waterfall, you pass Golling and continue pedalling along the well-built cycle path towards St. Johann. Unmistakably - like double mountain peaks - the spires of the Pongau Cathedral rise up here.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Brückenwirt
Cat. B.: Hubertus

Today you will continue cycling along the Salzach via Schwarzach to Bruck an der Glocknerstraße. From here, you can take public transport via the “Hochalpenstraße'' (High Alpine Road) to the 3,793m high Großglocker, Austria’s highest mountain. If you prefer to cycle directly to Kaprun, this is possible but you should not miss out on the opportunity to visit the impressive high mountain reservoirs here…

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Das Alpenhaus 
Cat. B.: Martini

The local Pinzgau railway takes you to Krimml. There you will find Europe’s tallest waterfalls. You cycle back through the Hohe Tauern National Park and the Upper Pinzgau region. You will have snow-covered, three-thousand-metre peaks in your sight the whole way. Your immediate surroundings will alternate between lush green meadows and cute little villages.  

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Zum Hirschen
Cat. B.: Martini

Take the opportunity for a refreshing dip in Lake Zell. You will soon arrive in Saalfelden having cycled via the castle village of Maishofen and Maria Alm with its well-known pilgrimage church. Maria Alm is a great place to take a lunch break. Other highlights along the way to Lofer include the Seisenberg gorge and Lamprechtshöhle (Europe’s deepest cave) near Weißbach.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Zum Schweizer
Cat. B.: Bad Hochmoos

On the last day of this tour, you will be cycling in the tranquil Saalach valley. Bad Reichenhall, tucked away in a little corner of Germany, will enchant you with its Bavarian flair. Just a little way remaining before you will arrive back in Salzburg, the city of Mozart. You will be blown away by the rich cultural offerings. Make sure to plan enough time for a stroll through the old town and to visit Mozart’s birthplace.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Goldenes Theater
Cat. B.: Ganslhof


Departure or extension

Route Information


The Tauern Cycle Path is mostly signposted and runs on quiet, asphalted cycle paths and country roads. Route is very flat with some slight hills that are never long.

Prices & Dates

Category A: 3*** and 4**** hotels

Category B: 3*** hotels, inns and guesthouses

Prices per person in EUR

Our Renal Bikes

Men's bike 21-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

Body size approx. 165 cm - 205 cm

56-51 "sloping" cm |
60 cm |
64 cm
Unisex bike 21/24-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 190 cm

43 cm |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex bike 7-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality unisex touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Body size approx. 155 cm - 190 cm

46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex Electro bike 8-speed
Hub gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 195 cm

46 cm "xs" |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Rental Bike PLUS 20/27-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

Sportier, lighter and more precise premium rental bike with diamond frame

Body size approx. 155 cm - 205 cm

46 cm |
50 cm |
51 cm |
55 cm |
60 cm |
63 cm

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • Train journey from Kaprun/Fürth – Krimml incl. bike
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optinal extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Salzburg central train station
  • Salzburg airport
  • Car park costs approx. EUR 10 - 20 per day, no reservation necessary/possible
    Public garage approx. EUR 95 per week

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

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